A Hands-on History of Printing - Atlas Obscura Experiences
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A Hands-on History of Printing

$30 per person
2 hours
Up to 10 people
See Dates
$30 per person
Carson, California
What We’ll Do

Explore one of the world's largest collections of antique printing machinery, including floor and table model iron, proof, and clamshell presses, typewriters, and Unitype and typography machines — and leave with prints of your own.

We’ll begin with an introduction to the museum and a detailed history of printing in a mock 19th century print shop. You’ll see several highlights of the incredible collection in action, including a Gutenberg press (replica) and other mechanisms so rare and unique that Hollywood has used them in period films and TV shows.

Then, we’ll learn about various methods of inking, pressing, and rolling used in printmaking. Each attendee will have the opportunity to try out several hand presses and create unique prints; everyone will go home with inked up goodies and a linotype slug!

Where We’ll Be

The event will take place in the museum, which is located in a large warehouse-style space sectioned off by walls.

About Your Host

Hi. I'm Ben, a member of the Atlas Obscura community.

I am someone always seeking out strange, intriguing, off-the-beaten-path, and under-the-radar venues and locations in and around Los Angeles. As a big fan of letter-block printing and old printing presses, I find the Printing Museum absolutely fascinating. I am also a freelance photographer; some of my work can be found on my website - www.benjaminharmon.com.

For questions about this experience, please contact me directly through Airbnb.

What Else You Should Know

*Ticket includes admission to the museum, guided tour, printing demonstration/workshop, and special custom keepsakes!
*Be prepared to stand/walk for 60-90 mins.
*Casual attire recommended for the hands-on portion, which involves ink and other potentially messy material.
*Family friendly.

Group Size

There are 10 spots available on this experience.

Who Can Come

Guests ages 18 and up can attend.

Cancellation Policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.

What We’ll Provide

1.) All printing supplies are included.

2.) Attendees will take home a handful of self-printed art, which will include a mix of cards, prints, posters, postcards, and bookmarks. Everyone will also get linotype slug.

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